On This Day

November 1980 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Nov 3 After acquiring MLB's Oakland A's for $12.7m, Walter Haas Jr. appoints himself CEO; leads team to 4 AL West Divisional titles and 1989 World Series Championship
  • Nov 3 Walter Hass Jr becomes CEO of Oakland A's
  • Nov 4 Islanders start 15 game undefeated streak (13-0-2)
  • Nov 4 Sadaharu Oh, 40, pro-baseball's all-time HR run king with 868, retires

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Nov 4 Steve Carlton wins 3rd NL Cy Young Awards

Baseball Pitcher Steve Carlton
Baseball Pitcher
Steve Carlton

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Nov 11 NY Islanders' future Hockey Hall of Fame right wing Mike Bossy scores 4 goals in a 6-6 tie against visiting Minnesota North Stars

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy

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Nov 15 30th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Dale Earnhardt wins

Auto Racer Dale Earnhardt
Auto Racer
Dale Earnhardt
  • Nov 16 Tampa Bay Buccaneer QB Doug Williams throws for 486 yards

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Nov 18 Despite missing 45 games, George Brett wins AL MVP

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • Nov 21 Gene Michael named 25th New York Yankees manager, replacing Dick Howser, who resigns
  • Nov 23 CFL Grey Cup, CNE Stadium, Toronto: Edmonton Eskimos 3rd straight title; outclass Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 48-10

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Nov 25 Imran Khan scores his 1st Test Cricket ton, 123 v WI Lahore

Cricketer and Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan
Cricketer and Prime Minister of Pakistan
Imran Khan

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Nov 25 Sugar Ray Leonard regains WBC welterweight boxing crown when Roberto Durán quits in the 8th round of infamous “no mas” fight at the Superdome, New Orleans

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Nov 26 Mike Schmidt is unanimous choice as NL MVP

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • Nov 29 45th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 34-18 in Birmingham

Birthdays in Sport

  • Nov 1 Bilgin Defterli, Turkish soccer forward and captain (52 caps; FFC Brauweiler Pulheim, FC Köln, Alemannia Aachen), born in Erzurum, Turkey
  • Nov 2 Diego Lugarno, Uruguayan soccer defender (95 caps; São Paulo, Fenerbahçe), born in Canelones, Uruguay
  • Nov 4 Jerry Collins, New Zealand rugby union flanker, #8 (48 caps; Wellington Hurricanes, Toulon, Ospreys, Narbonne), born in Apia, Samoa (d. 2015)
  • Nov 4 Richard Owens, American football player
  • Nov 5 Christoph Metzelder, German footballer, born in Haltern, West Germany
  • Nov 5 Jaime Camara, Brazilian racing driver, born in Goiânia, Brazil
  • Nov 7 Gervasio Deferr, Spanish gymnast (Olympic gold 2000, 2004), born in Premià de Mar, Barcelona
  • Nov 7 James Franklin, New Zealand cricketer, born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • Nov 8 Luis Fabiano, Brazilian footballer, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Nov 9 James Harper, English footballer, born in Bell, California
  • Nov 9 Dominique Maltais, Canadian snowboarder, born in Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, Canada
  • Nov 10 Troy Bell, American basketball player, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Nov 10 Donté Stallworth, American NFL wide receiver (New Orleans Saints), born in Sacramento, California
  • Nov 11 Willie Parker, American football player (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Clinton, North Carolina
  • Nov 13 François-Louis Tremblay, Canadian short track speed skater
  • Nov 14 Margot Contois, American dance skater (with Robert Peal), born in Marquette, Michigan
  • Nov 16 Kayte Christensen, American basketball player, born in Lakeview, Oregon
  • Nov 18 François Duval, Belgian rally driver
  • Nov 18 Luke Chadwick, English footballer
  • Nov 18 Denny Hamlin, American auto racer (Daytona 500 2016, 19, 20), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Nov 19 Courtney Anderson, American football player
  • Nov 20 James Chambers, Irish footballer, born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  • Nov 21 Danielle Hartsell, pairs skater (with partner Steve Hartsell), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Nov 21 Leonardo González, Costa Rican footballer
  • Nov 21 Hank Blalock, American baseball player
  • Nov 22 Yaroslav Rybakov, Russian athlete
  • Nov 23 Jonathan Papelbon, American baseball player, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Nov 25 Aaron Mokoena, South African soccer player
  • Nov 27 Michael Yardy, English cricketer
  • Nov 28 Stuart Taylor, British footballer
  • Nov 30 Jamie Ashdown, English footballer

Deaths in Sport

  • Nov 18 Conn Smythe, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame team owner (Toronto Maple Leafs 1927-61; Stanley Cup x 8), dies of heart failure at 85
  • Nov 21 Jim Parks Sr, Kent cricket all-rounder (only Test for England), dies
  • Nov 22 Herbert Wade, cricketer (South African batsman & captain 1935-36), dies
  • Nov 23 Herby Wade, cricketer (South African capt 10 Tests 1935-36), dies